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December 17, 2018 10:42 PM Some fine-tuning should help Toronto Raptors get to the next level

Much of the confusion and disruption is the result of injuries and absences for a variety of reasons, but coach Nick Nurse is still doing a lot of experimenting with groupings at this point in the season. They’ve yet to come up with a consistent rotation that staggers the playing time of key components like Leonard and Lowry to ensure one of them is on the court 174

December 17, 2018 4:08 PM Ex-manager sentenced to 39 months prison in SNC-Lavalin hospital corruption fraud

MONTREAL—A former hospital manager who pocketed a $10-million bribe in return for helping SNC-Lavalin win a Montreal hospital-building contract has been sentenced to 39 months in prison. Quebec court Judge Claude Leblond sentenced Yanai Elbaz today in Montreal in a case that has been described as the greatest corruption fraud in Canadian history 147

December 17, 2018 1:05 AM Chicago Bears clinch NFC North with win over Green Bay Packers

The Packers are 1-1 since offensive co-ordinator Joe Philbin replaced fired coach Mike McCarthy on an interim basis. “The expectation is competing for championships,” Rodgers said. “It’s a good football team. But like I told some of the guys, I look forward to the battles over the years. I like our chances in this division moving forward.” Mack had 2 1/2 sacks 158

December 16, 2018 4:33 AM Tkachuk’s goal in third period helps Flames clamp down on Wild

ST. PAUL, MINN.—Once the rough stuff was out of the way, the Calgary Flames settled in and clamped down on the Minnesota Wild. The surprise leaders of the Pacific Division, the Flames have proven this season to be feisty and flexible. Matthew Tkachuk scored the go-ahead goal midway through the third period, backup goalie David Rittich made 34 saves 137

December 16, 2018 2:32 AM Houston Texans, Deshaun Watson win, now one game off AFC’s best record

On third-and-10 from the 19, Darnold took off for 14 yards — and a holding call on Aaron Colvin put the ball on the 2. After Darnold was stopped for no gain on a quarterback draw, he handed the ball to McGuire who pushed up the middle — surrounded by a surging mass of blockers who helped shove him all the way into the end zone for the score. It set off a wild celebration 153

December 14, 2018 5:24 AM Kansas City Chiefs can’t clinch AFC West as Los Angeles Chargers erase 14-point deficit, win on two-point play

Rivers threw a 31-yard pass to Travis Benjamin, putting the Chargers at Kansas City’s 39 with two minutes to go. That’s all the time LA, once down two scores in the fourth quarter, needed to complete the comeback. The Chiefs jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the first after Patrick Mahomes (24 of 34, 243 yards, 2 touchdowns) turned Steven Nelson’s interception 200

December 14, 2018 3:36 AM Game Centre: Lightning’s Vasilevskiy steals one from Maple Leafs

As it turned out, here was the chief takeaway from Toronto’s 4-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning: Sometimes you get beat by a superior goaltender — or possibly, a super human. In this case it was Andrei Vasilevskiy, who announced his return from a 15-game injury absence with a monstrous 48-save performance in the crease. Toronto outshot the Lightning 162

December 13, 2018 4:57 PM Leafs can be measured against Bolts in more ways than one

Tired of getting close but not close enough, the Tampa Bay Lightning are in it to win it. The Lightning – who host the Maple Leafs tonight at Amalie Arena -- are also an example of a roster that has been very, very good, for a long time and has yet to win the Stanley Cup. And while tonight’s game will be easily viewed as a measuring stick by the Leafs 180

December 12, 2018 6:26 PM Pelosi nears deal with dissident Democrats to limit her speakership to four years

WASHINGTON—Rep. Nancy Pelosi is nearing a deal with dissident Democrats to limit herself to four years as speaker, according to two senior Democratic officials with knowledge of the emerging plan, her most consequential move to date to put down a rebellion in her ranks and clinch the votes she needs to win the gavel in January. The agreement would almost 100

December 11, 2018 3:37 AM Star goalie Mike DiPietro gets second chance at world juniors dream

While Ottawa got the OHL’s No. 1-ranked goalie, Windsor took forward Egor Afanaseyev and a series of draft picks. The move gives DiPietro a shot at Memorial Cup run with the streaking 67’s, but leaving his family, friends and the team he’s grown up with isn’t easy. “I’m just approaching this as a really long road trip,” he said. “It’s something that’s 163